Choosing the best camping tent for you
Price – You want the best tent for the price, just like we do. So in our experience of tent camping, the best tents are ones that align quality of materials, functionality and price. You don’t want to spend money just to have a zipper break, a rain fly leak, or a pole snap in the wind. We only pick the practical, high quality tents, in other words, the best tents. A good tent will provide many years of enjoyment and outdoor adventures. Going for the cheapest tent option can end often end a camping trip quickly and in a very unpleasant way (especially if it cold or raining…trust us we know). For the highest quality affordable option, check out our top budget tent: Coleman Sundome Tent and our overall best camping tent choice the REI Co-op Kingdom 6.
Size and space – Fitting everyone and their gear while minimizing the weight your are carrying is key. Whether you’re camping, backpacking, bike touring or just pitching a tent your backyard, you want to make sure you have the right size. We almost always recommend a size up unless you are going for a longer backpacking trip in remote areas. Big camping tents and a tall tent is what you want. This means if you are two people, get the 3 person tent. Our recommendations are all about matching the best technology and accommodating for interior space while still keeping your tent light and compact. For our favorite camping tents that are still backpacker-friendly, check out the best Camping/Backpacking Crossover Tent: REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Plus. Keep in mind that a spacious camping tent to stand up, stretch out, and be comfortable in, whether you’re camping alone or sharing space with family and friends is what you want. Packed size and weight aren’t a huge concern for short trips.
Weight – We strongly suggest a spacious camping tent to stand up, stretch out, and be comfortable in for camping. Even though the tents we recommend take weight into consideration and we suggest the best weight to space options, it’s better to be comfortable than worry about carrying an extra ounce or two..
Ease of Setup – Many times you will need to set up a tent alone or you’ll just be tired from travel. Tents can actually be frustrating and complex when all you want is to relax by the fire. Sometimes you just want a quick tent and a the easiest tent to set up by yourself. We always recommend tents that have improved setup design and even color coding when available. For easy tent camping, our favorite tent that’s really simple to set up is the REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent.